Cork F.C.

Cork F.C.
Full name Fordsons Football Club (19xx-1930)
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Founded 1930
Dissolved 1938
Ground Mardyke
(Capacity: ?)
League League of Ireland

Cork Football Club was an Irish football club based in Cork. They played in the League of Ireland between 1930 and 1938.



Cork F.C. originally played as Fordsons and were originally the factory team of the Ford Motor Company, a major employer in the city at that time. However in 1930, Ford ended it’s association with the club and they were reformed with a new name. In 1934 they became the second Cork team to win the FAI Cup after they beat St James's Gate 2-1 in the final. For the 1938–39 season, the club changed their name to Cork City. In subsequent decades they played as Cork United and then as Cork Athletic [1][2].

Nine Cork players represented the Irish Free State national football team while playing for the club. On April 26, 1931 Charlie Dowdall became the first Cork player to be capped when he played in 1-1 away draw against Spain. On December 13, 1931 Frank McLoughlin played in a return game against the same opponents. Between 1935 and 1938 Bill Harrington won five caps while playing for Cork. In 1934 goalkeeper Jim Foley won two caps before going onto win a further 5 caps while playing for Celtic [3]. On February 25, 1934 at Dalymount Park when the Irish Free State made their World Cup debut in a qualifier against Belgium, Foley, together with Tom Burke and Tim O'Keefe, was one of three Cork players in the team [4]. Hugh Connolly won his only cap in a friendly against Germany on October 17, 1936. Two dual Irish internationals, Harry Chatton and Owen Madden, also played for the Irish Free State while playing for Cork [5]. Madden helped Cork reach the 1936 FAI Cup. However shortly afterwards he became embroiled in controversy when it emerged that, together with another Cork player Jack O'Reilly, he had signed for Norwich City before playing in the cup final on April 19. When Cork, who received no fee, protested over the moves, both Madden and O'Reilly were suspended by the FAI for three years [6].

Notable former players


Season Placings

Season Position
1937-38 11th
1936-37 11th
1935-36 3rd
1934-35 10th
1933-34 2nd
1932-33 4th
1931-32 2nd
1930-31 4th

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Bionic Bohs
  3. ^ Freestaters - The Republic of Ireland Soccer Team 1921-1939 (2007): Donal Cullen
  4. ^
  5. ^ Freestaters - The Republic of Ireland Soccer Team 1921-1939 (2007): Donal Cullen
  6. ^ The Boys In Green - The FAI International Story (1997): Sean Ryan

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